Local tattoo artist Manuel Tan wins 2nd place for chest/front piece category in Savage Ink International Tattoo Convention. (Photo courtesy of Gia Querubin)

(UPDATED) Two Palaweño tattoo artists bagged awards in different categories in the Savage Ink International Tattoo Convention that was recently staged in Cebu City.

Phillip Dinorog and Manuel Tan bagged seventh and second places respectively in two categories during the international tattoo event on Sunday.

Dinorog won seventh place in the Best Asian-inspired category, while Tan won second place in the Chest/Front Piece category.

Tan, known as “The Man” in the local tattoo industry, said that he was lucky enough to be considered as a participant to the prestigious international tattoo convention.

Local tattoo artists and supporters join the international tattoo convention held in Cebu City. (Photo courtesy of Phillip Dinorog)

“It’s my first time to participate in any international tattoo convention in 10 years. Masarap sa pakiramdam irepresenta ang Palawan at mai-presenta ang ating kalidad ng sining sa pandaigdigang larangan ng pag tatattoo. I came with zero expectation of winning, but we got lucky enough to get 2nd place on chest/front piece category,” Tan said.

The event was hosted by Ann Savage and Joe Black; and is supported by Macbeth, a footwear and clothing brand from San Diego, California; and World Tattoo Events and Balm Tattoo, a tattoo aftercare brand from Madrid, Spain.

Phillip Dinorog (2nd from left) with his award for winning in the Best Asian-Inspired category of the Savage Ink international event. (Contributed photo)

Macbeth’s marketing head Rhome Yu, on an earlier press statement, said that they hope to help the tattoo community in the Philippines grow by providing them with the same standard as the international tattoo events.

“Our aim is to promote the best of global tattoo culture, relive historic names, discover new talents, merge this kind of art with other art scenes and to raise awareness of the history,” Yu said.

Artists from around the world competed under different categories including realism, watercolor, animal portrait, tribal piece, black and gray, Asian-inspired, lettering, geometric and more.

Tan said that he was overwhelmed with support from fellow Palaweños who flew in with him for the event.

“Still, the best part is I got to learn and work with around 250 artists from all over the globe. Salamat sa suportang solido ng mga taga palawan. Lalo sanang maengganyo at mahikayat ang mga artist dito na magpatuloy at mabawasan ang diskriminasyon sa mga taong mahilig sa ganitong uri ng sining,” Tan said.


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